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Year in Review 2013

Supporting Local Farms  Since the inception of our home delivery business in 1999, we have always focused on purchasing our fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers first. Every week, we contact our farmer friends to find out what they currently have available for our boxes. If we need to find more produce, we then source it from farms outside our area. As your personal farmer, I really appreciate your dedication to the local farm community. With your purchases this year, you have blessed several local farm families:

Bartella Farm, Beld Family Farm, Blue Heron Farms, Bunny Lane Fruit, Earth Conscious Organics, Filaree Farms, Hazel Blue Acres, Hedlin Farms, Highwater Farm, Horse Drawn Farms, Living Rain Farm, Middleton Organic Specialty Foods, Moondance Farm, Motherflight Farms, Neff Farm, Okanagan Producers Marketing Association, Paul & Janice Madden Orchards, Ponderosa Orchards, Ralph’s Greenhouse, Rents Due Ranch, Skagit Flats Farm, Skagit Valley Farm, Viva Farms, and of course, the Klesick Family Farm.

Helping Local People  Another core principle at Klesick Family Farm is to give back to our community. One of the ways we do this is by offering our customers the opportunity to donate a box of good to local area food banks. We currently support food banks in Anacortes, Stanwood, Camano Island, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Everett, Monroe, Snohomish, and Edmonds. For every four boxes donated by our customers, we donate an additional box. This year, with the generous support of our customers, Klesick Family Farm delivered over 859 boxes of good (approximately $22,000 worth of quality organic fruits and vegetables) to local area food banks! This number includes the donation of 165 Thanksgiving Holiday Boxes and 35 Christmas Blessing Boxes. There is no way our farm could meet this need without your help. This is one of the most satisfying aspects of our business. I love meeting local needs with local resources! Thank you for partnering with us.

If you would like to join us in helping provide quality organic produce to local food banks, either give us a call or order a food bank box under the Boxes category of the Product page of our website.

Thank you for a great 2013! We look forward to next year!

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Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

veggie enchiladasINGREDIENTS
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small head broccoli, roughly chopped
1 small head cauliflower, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
6-8 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches), warmed
1.5 cups enchilada sauce
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

    In a large bowl, toss together the red pepper, red onion, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms and olive oil until evenly mixed. Season generously with salt and black pepper. Spread the mixture out evenly onto the covered baking sheet.

    Bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges of the vegetables begin to crisp and they are tender. Remove and set aside to cool. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare your enchilada assembly line. Lay a tortilla on a flat work surface, then spread the top of it with a generous few tablespoons of enchilada sauce. Sprinkle down the center with black beans, corn, shredded cheese, and then lots of roasted veggies. Roll the tortilla up to close, then place it seam-side-down in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Then spread any remaining enchilada sauce on top of the enchiladas in the dish.

  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 enchiladas.
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This Season, Give the Gift of Good!

gift_of_goodWe want to partner with you in our mission to bring GOOD FOOD to as many families as we can! If you’re a food conscious person, chances are you’ve got other food conscious people in your life. We’ve got a really good suggestion of what to give your loved ones. The gift of good!

You’ll not only introduce friends and family to our convenient and delicious service, by gifting Klesick Family Farm products, you are not only connecting people with a good source of healthy food, you are also helping support sustainable organic farming and the local food economy, while reducing the toxic load on the planet. More importantly now than ever – together – we are saying NO to genetically engineered foods, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides with each box of good delivered! More organic and sustainable agriculture means less industrial factory farming, less chemical toxins, healthier soil structures, and stronger communities.

You can choose to give one week, two weeks, or a full month of good. Simply call our office at 360-652-GOOD (4663) or visit our website and we’ll make the arrangements for you!

* Rules and Restrictions apply, please contact our office for more information.

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Hosting Tips

ID-100167699Throwing a holiday get-together doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are a few tips for hosting a wonderful Christmas gathering without breaking a sweat.

1) Determine whether you want a sit-down dinner or something more casual, like a cocktail party.

2) Buffets make dinner parties easy: You can get dishes out quickly and keep them warm while guests can help themselves. Individual portions are a great way to ensure everyone gets to taste your delicious preparations.

 

3) With early arrivals or family cooking, always have something ready and available for your guests to nosh on. It will take the pressure off the cook!

4) Make the beverages just as important as the food. Consider a perfect tea or a tea that gets a little bit of love from fall spices, late garden mint or early citrus or a signature drink for granny! Regardless, make beverages a part of your experience and your guests will find that layered excitement for the meal.

5) Delegate tasks among friends, family or kids. The person cooking shouldn’t have to set the table, light the candles or fill the water pitchers.

6) Fresh floral goes along way, let your house be alive with fresh seasonal fruits and flowers as it gives life to a house.

7) Music – make a playlist the week before – a little background sound always makes a party or event feel livelier.

8) Make the day or evening special with real candles! The flicker of real burning candles will always enhance the character of a table.

Image courtesy of Apolonia / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Adapted from blackberryfarm.com

 

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Peruvian Christmas Rice

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup olive oil
6 thin slices of bacon or ham, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ cup raisins
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
3 cups rice*
3 ½ cups hot water
½ cup toasted chopped almonds

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oil in a large pot and add the chopped bacon and onion. Cook until onion is translucent and the bacon begins to brown. Then add garlic and raisins and cook for 1 additional minute.

2. Add rice and stir well. (If cooking the rice in a rice cooker, cook the rice with water separately and follow all others steps.) Season with salt and pepper; pour the hot water and mix. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is cooked and dry. Mix well with a fork.

3. To serve, pour into a round mold, then turn upside down on a platter for the final presentation. Garnish with toasted almonds.

To add rice to your next order please visit: http://www.klesickfamilyfarm.com/cart/index.php?route=product/category&type_view=list&path=5_77

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December ~ A month to celebrate traditions!

cookiesThere’s no other month like the month of December: kids are excited for what’s to come, families get together, meals are shared and we celebrate the most important birthday of them all.

In Peru, where I grew up, the Nativity set sits with an empty manger until the 24th at midnight, when the youngest in the family has the big responsibility of placing the precious Christ Child figurine in place, completing the Nativity scene. Immediately after this, families pray together, fireworks go off and celebratory hugs and cheers go all the way around as everyone makes their way to the dinner table. It is traditions like these that make December my favorite month of the year.

The planning for the Christmas meal starts weeks in advance. If you have more than one family getting together, then the meal is potluck-style, with assignments as to who is bringing what. The actual preparation starts a few days before Christmas.

When I was younger, most ovens in Peru did not fit a large turkey or meat of choice for Christmas, so the local bakery would “rent” a space in their oven and bake your turkey. Usually ready right about 10:00 p.m., turkeys would start “walking” out the bakery door as their rightful owners carried them proudly back home.

Other holiday meal signatures always make their way to the table: applesauce, Christmas rice, fresh fruit, some sort of potatoes (I prefer them scalloped) and a healthy salad. For dessert, hot chocolate and panetón (a festive sweet bread), if you have room for it.

I love learning about other people’s traditions, what they do and what they eat. Since moving to the U.S., I continue to learn more traditions and dishes that I simply love: real Christmas trees, kids leaving cookies and milk for Santa and candied yams, to name a few!

Every so often, I am tempted to change things around here and there, but something needs to be said about family traditions. They provide a source of identity and strengthen the family bond. No matter where you are, you can pass on cultural heritage and connect the generations. Think about your Christmas table—how many of those dishes did you grow up around?

May your December be filled with celebration, friends and family time, good food and joyous traditions! As per myself, I will share with you my Peruvian Christmas Rice, hopefully it will become a staple at your Christmas table.

Sara Balcazar-Greene (aka. Peruvian Chick)
Peruvian Food Ambassador
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PERUVIAN CHRISTMAS RICE

arroz_con_pasasINGREDIENTS:

¼ cup olive oil
6 thin slices of bacon or ham, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ cup raisins
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
3 cups rice*
3 ½ cups hot water
½ cup toasted chopped almonds

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oil in a large pot and add the chopped bacon and onion. Cook until onion is translucent and the bacon begins to brown. Then add garlic and raisins and cook for 1 additional minute.

2. Add rice and stir well. (If cooking the rice in a rice cooker, cook the rice with water separately and follow all others steps.) Season with salt and pepper; pour the hot water and mix. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is cooked and dry. Mix well with a fork.

3. To serve, pour into a round mold, then turn upside down on a platter for the final presentation. Garnish with toasted almonds.

To add rice to your next order please visit: http://www.klesickfamilyfarm.com/cart/index.php?route=product/category&type_view=list&path=5_77

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Spreading Cheer this Holiday Season

Looking for that special something for that special someone? Let us help…

breadfarm_ccokiesBreadfarm’s Holiday Assortment Cookie Box  $28

Ease your holiday frenzy by giving your friends and family a tasty cookie box full of Breadfarm’s best-selling seasonal shortbread cookies (approx. 26 per box).

Available Nov.-Dec. only.

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Fruit Medley Gift Basket  $26

Perfect for that special teacher, or as an office or hostess gift. A beautiful selection of our finest seasonal fruits, decoratively packaged in a willow basket & wrapped in a cello bag with a festive bow and card. Free gift message available upon request.

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Eco Spa Gift Set  $14.75 (+tax)

Created by EcoSations, this organic set is the perfect gift for someone who deserves a little extra pampering this season! Contents: Citrus Salt Spa Bar (5 oz.), Bath Cookies (3 ct.), Brown Sugar Scrub (5 oz.).

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Theo Holiday 4-Bar Collection  $16

Essential seasonal flavors captured in four of Theo Chocolate’s festive, popular holiday bars (3 oz. each), wrapped in a decorative sleeve and ready for gifting. Contains: Peppermint Stick, Nutcracker Brittle, Gingerbread Spice, Coconut Mint.

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5-lb. Box Satsumas  $10 

Juicy Satsuma mandarins with the e-z peel that clings so loosely to its flesh that it can be peeled with just a couple of tears. The perfect convenient healthy gift! Especially if the recipients involve children. Satsumas are perhaps the sweetest tangerine and the sweetest known citrus variety.
To add them to your order please visit: http://www.klesickfamilyfarm.com/cart/index.php?route=common/home